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The Montreal Alouettes have secured an important part of their offence for next year, as the club announced that national offensive lineman Kristian Matte signed a new one-year deal.
Matte (6’4″, 296 lbs.) made 15 starts at centre as well as three at guard in 2018. The 33-year-old athlete helped the Alouettes‘ offence rank first in the CFL with an average of 5.7 yards per carry.
Matte was voted the Alouettes Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman for a third consecutive year this fall. In 2017, he was elected the Alouettes Most Outstanding Canadian.
The Saint-Hubert, QC native began his CFL career with the Alouettes in 2010 and he will be playing in a tenth season with the team with wich he won the Grey Cup, in 2010.
“Kristian is among the top offensive linemen in the CFL and we are delighted to have him back in our lineup next season,” said Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed. “His commendable knowledge of our offence and of our league make all of our players better. His valuable experience is also a great asset for our younger players”.
Matte was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) by the Alouettes in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft, following a brilliant university career with the Concordia University Stingers, which lead him to sign a contract with the Houston Texans. He had previously played for the Vanier Cegep Cheetahs.